So cool story for the week, we had someone at church this week! Her name is Sister Jordain but everyone calls her Mado. She has been inactive for a long time because she got offended at church (which seems to happen all the time in French wards... oh well!). The Elders have been working with her the entire time she's been inactive, and finally Elder Alvarez and I were able to get her to come to Sacrament Meeting! She said she felt really good about it, and we're going to see her again this week to follow up and hopefully get her to come again.
It was really crazy to hear about the passing of President Packer. If you haven't, look at the articles the Church has released about him on lds.org. They are really inspirational. There's been a lot of speculation from members and missionaries about what is going to happen with the new apostles, who else will pass on before President Monson, etc. In my studies this week, I happened to come across this quote in the "Teachings of the Living Prophets" institute manual: "President Harold B. Lee suggested that speculating on the succession of the Presidency is 'not pleasing in the sight of the Lord.' He said that 'those who try to guess ahead of time as to who is going to be the next President of the Church are just gambling as they might be on a horse race, because only the Lord has the time table' (in Conference Report, Oct. 1972, 129; or Ensign, Jan. 1973, 107)."
Only the Lord knows who he needs to be his prophet and special witnesses. What WE know is that the Lord has called a prophet who holds the keys of the kingdom and receives divine revelation to direct the affairs of His church. Whomever the Lord chooses we should sustain with our faith, prayers, and service.
I know that President Monson is truly the prophet of God, and that through an unbroken line from the Prophet Joseph Smith, he holds all the keys necessary to direct our Heavenly Father's children on the path to eternal salvation.
I love you all very much!